Opinion: Sorry, Trump is no Winston Churchill

(AP)

With fellow Republican senators beginning to voice deep, deep concerns about the leadership of President Trump, with every GOP presidential nominee dating back to 2000 having condemned the Trumpification of American politics, Sen. David Perdue of Georgia has taken a markedly different approach.

“I would really liken him to Winston Churchill,” Perdue told the AJCs Jamie Dupree. It’s a comparison that Perdue has been making for months, arguing that Trump and Churchill are both “men of destiny.” Given Trump’s megalomania, I have no doubt he finds it extremely gratifying.

However, we should probably remind ourselves that as a young man, Winston Churchill ran to the sound of gunfire, eager to prove himself under fire, and that during the Vietnam War, Trump cowered in Manhattan nightclubs, nursing a mysterious bone spur. While Churchill was famed as a man of stubborn principle and dogged character, Trump is famed as a man of no character or principle. While Churchill had intense focus and concentration, Trump demonstrates the attention span of a fruitfly.

As a historian and writer, Churchill was awarded the 1953 Nobel Prize for Literature “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.” Trump, in contrast, has a working vocabulary of about 300 words and even then has trouble stringing them in proper order to form a cogent sentence.
“The truth is incontrovertible,” Churchill told us. “Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” Trump does not recognize even the existence of truth. But yeah, other than those differences and about a gazillion others, the two are pretty much just the same.

Again, Perdue’s unquestioning endorsement of Trump is nothing new. “I’d say there’s been no more ardent supporter of the president” in the Senate than Perdue, Marc Short, Trump’s legislative director, told the Washington Examiner.  “He is somebody who has been eager to help us on battles big and small.”

However, it’s striking the lengths to which that loyalty takes him. Perdue made his fortune and corporate career on outsourcing jobs overseas, and the modern Georgia economy, from agriculture to Coca-Cola to Delta to Kia, is intricately intertwined with logistics and the free flow of goods and services. All of that is put at risk by Trump’s trade policies, yet Perdue remains silent.<

Perdue has also attempted to make his mark in Washington as a fierce critic of our national debt, warning repeatedly that it will lead to our ruination.  Last month, he even voted against a $36.5 billion hurricane relief bill because it was not offset by spending cuts elsewhere. Yet somehow, he is an enthusiastic backer of Trump tax cuts for the rich that will add $1.5 trillion to the debt, over and above current debt projections.

And of course, it would be unfair and incomplete not to also mention Georgia’s senior senator, Johnny Isakson. By nature and political record, one could assume that Isakson is as worried about Trump’s impact on his party and country as men such as Jeff Flake, Bob Corker and John McCain, but at this point, that assumption gives Isakson far more credit than he deserves. As Flake pointed out in his speech Tuesday, “politics can make us silent when we should speak, and silence can equal complicity.”

Isakson has been, and remains, complicit in everything that has happened and everything that has yet to happen. That will be his legacy. “There is only one duty, only one safe course,” as Churchill put it, “and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.”

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William Waugh
William Waugh

Trump also isn’t a Curley Howard, although he is a stooge.

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Jay Bookman, sorry but you are not a reporter or a writer.

Christopher Lee Raley
Christopher Lee Raley

Jay Boogerman is so mad his daddy's legacy is one of failure, where as President Trump is the man.

Tom Taylor
Tom Taylor

Never listen to liberal media, their opinions really don't matter to America.

David Hutton
David Hutton

If agreebwoth the Destiny part. But the two are vastly different.

Robert Moore
Robert Moore

As someone from the U.K. whose grandfather fought the Nazis in France, North Africa, D-Day and survived Dunkirk, and whose mother, uncle, and grandmother endured night after night of air raids in the hardest hit part of London, I find this offensive. Churchill is the only Tory Nana liked because he was a great leader at a time Britain sorely needed a one. She would feel an urge to use bad language if she was alive to hear such a disgusting comparison. If the Quisling Perdue wants to say Trump is a man of destiny then use Mussolini for the best comparison.

Barry Pendry
Barry Pendry

David Perdue is a man of disaster I just hope we can find a worthy Democrat and get his butt out of office.

Peachs
Peachs

Wonder if anyone has done a study on people like Bill O’Reilly to see if self-indulgent husbands are too selfish to be good fathers.

Gary Ivy
Gary Ivy

He ain’t Hellary either...

Loren Sasha Swift
Loren Sasha Swift

Churchill served in the military and in WW 1 combat while Trump got a rich kids deferment

Wanda Grant
Wanda Grant

Churchill didn't live with the problems we are facing today. God sent Trump to lead the United States during these catastrophes, crazy politicians, cruel liberals that burn and fight when they cant have their way, mass shootings, a country with no borders, a country with trillions in debt. The only reason Trump catches so much flack is the liberals

Roger Swaine
Roger Swaine

Churchill had no respect for women. Before he was PM he was Home Secretary and ordered the police to smash the suffragette movement. He also had little regard for non-whites. India was still part of the British Empire in WW2 and Churchill ordered the requisition of Indian crops to feed the British population. This caused mass starvation in India and millions died. So there's 2 things that Churchill and Trump have similar views on.

Peachs
Peachs

Bringing back the 30s.

Roger Swaine
Roger Swaine

Ironically "History is written by the victors." - Winston Churchill He was right!

Adriano Suckow
Adriano Suckow

no the difference is Trump is a vile disgusting piece of human stinking garbage and Churchill was not.

Corey
Corey

Which man benefits the most from feeding at the government trough? A) a man who owns three houses in an impoverished neighborhood and relies on Section 8 subsidies from HUD to make up the difference in fair market value of the amount of rent the tenant pays B) the tenant living in Section 8 housing. Now multiply these subsidies across the Atlanta metro and across the state. Don't stop there, multiply them across this deep red region known as the impoverished deep south. When will middle class and working class Republicans realize they are being played while voicing frustration aimed at the poor? I worked with a die hard conservative who constantly touted the conservative mantra, and once a month a few poor people would show up to pay her their portion of the rent while bigger checks from HUD subsidies went into her bank account.

Rob Danner
Rob Danner

Purdue is right the AJC is wrong

Sandye McCleskey
Sandye McCleskey

Churchill was a good God fearing man....Trump is EVIL incarnate....fooling the masses....complete with HITLER temper tantrums. Most likely demon possessed

Chris Policronis
Chris Policronis

Jay Bookman is certainly entitled to his opinion, but this whole article is complete hogwash.

Corey
Corey

Opinion is the operative word. You call it an article which means you do not know the difference between an article and an opinion piece. Opinion pieces illicit discussions and emotions. They bind people of like mind depending on the point of view of the opinion writer. They may also repel people who hold an opposing view point. I tend to agree with Jay mostly, but I also find his style of writing entertaining. He sites examples and trusted sources to back up his claims. Site examples of; hogwash. 

CarolineS
CarolineS

Thank you Jay Bookman, Perdue's  comparison is so ridiculous and ultimately worrisome, that one of our elected officials would make such a remark. The comparison is so over-the-top that it proves Perdue is completely out of touch with reality.

Corey
Corey

@CarolineS  Purdue's legacy will be employing people to operate Dollar General Ghetto Marts, pay them peanuts while skirting fair labor laws. People such as Mr. Purdue rail against public assistance but rely on customers who are on public assistance to help keep their businesses afloat. Public assistance dollars in all its forms from Section 8 to TANF and food stamps wind up in the hands of many small businesses owned and operated by Republican voters who own businesses such as fast-food franchises etc. 

Zach Monette
Zach Monette

David Perdue only spreads lies that he hopes his constituents are too stupid to see through, so he can line the pockets of his rich friends while doing NOTHING for working families. Georgia deserves betters. We need to vote Senator David Perdue out!

Kathy
Kathy

Read a history book and you will see the real comparison to our president. And, its certainly not Churchill. In order to drain the swamp in WA., you'd have to get rid of most politicians. Lying has become an art form.

 As Hannah Arendt said about the 'banality of evil' during the war. Evil is the absence of thought. Our congress are experts at doing nothing, they've been paid by the taxpayer for doing nothing for years. And, Trump is certainly not to blame for all the dead weight he inherited. Can both parties and start from scratch. Find the few folks that can manage to tell the truth to the citizens who pay their salary. Maybe then we can save the country we all love from those greedy self- centered folks.

Sarah Bakane Hogg
Sarah Bakane Hogg

Trump might well be greater, dealing with this evil mess we are experiencing happening to our country! He has courage to show up every day!

Luanne West
Luanne West

Bless your heart. He plays golf and tweets while letting the country go to ruin. Our only hope is that Mr. Mueller drops a ton of bricks on him soon before he decides that nuking North Korea would be s nice distraction.

Amy Easthom Wilmer
Amy Easthom Wilmer

Sarah Bakane Hogg please read something that is based on fact and stop promulgating your alternative facts. There’s an old saying by Daniel Patrick Moynihan: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not to his own facts.”

Sarah Bakane Hogg
Sarah Bakane Hogg

Amy Easthom Wilmer don't make up your own lies or be too stupid to hear the truth!

Sarah Bakane Hogg
Sarah Bakane Hogg

Luanne West the only bomb dropped is on Obamma and Hillary. Breaking news! Looks like they are all guilty of colluding with Russians and giving 20% of our uranium to them! How is country going to ruin under Trump? Jobs up, stocked market up, taxes are going to be lower.you need to be informed with some real news!!

kreedham
kreedham

Don't forget with his tax cuts the deficit will increase at a faster rate.  And, oh yea, employment down, stock market up all started with Obama.  Trump is enjoying the fruits of his labor.  Now if unemployment continues to decrease and the stock market continues to go up then trump can 't start taking some credit.  However with his tax proposal I wouldn't bet on it.

Larry Knight
Larry Knight

And we are glad Winston Churchill was America's reason for going into World War II it was his behind-the-back works that caused it

Kent Foster
Kent Foster

Wrong Larry, back to History class. The Prime Minister before Churchill, Neville Chamberlain, sat idle as Hitler rolled in and took Eastern European Countries. Churchill inspired the British to stand up and without him, the British would have been held like France.

Sandye McCleskey
Sandye McCleskey

Blamed us for the Hindenburg disaster claimed we were trying to undermine Germany....because we filled our blimps with helium not inflammatory hydrogen.....Hitler basically blamed the US for everything.....excuses of hate.

Paul42
Paul42

@StraightNoChaser Get ready for a huge number of posts from bloggers who don't care about polls and a brand new td tap dance.

rimsky
rimsky

   It doesn't matter what the work is, who the workers are, or what the wages are.

Mr Bro good luck convincing JR.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@rimsky
He's a small business owner, and he knows that.  He cannot allow himself to acknowledge that someone he considers a "prog" had a salient point and was correct.  It's double when that "prog" is also a minority.

Paul42
Paul42

Latest Fox News Poll.  Donald approval at an all-time low - 38%.  Down four points in one month.  All-time high disapproval - 57%.  Up four points in one month.

He's shedding independents.  They're down to 30% (46% voted for him).  Support among white evangelical Christians dropped a whopping eight points in one month.

The only area where it didn't drop like a stone is his hardcore, 'it's never his fault it's fake news and Democrats" base.  Most of whom inhabit these pages.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/25/fox-news-poll-storms-erode-trumps-ratings.html

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 11 point Dem to Republican advantage in the poll with only 18% independents recorded. 


Nowhere close to reality of what the country looks like. 

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 You throwing this out without looking at the cross tabs and seeing the huge problem in the methodology proves you have "no analytical capability". 

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234
Now you're saying Fox News intentionally designs its polls to make Donald look bad.

I was correct - it's the Deniers for Donald who haven't budged much in their outlook.

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234 What's your excuse for the latest Rasmussen "poll of record" results?

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Paul42

He has Rasmussen by Proxy.  Don't hold your breath for a coherent answer.

Paul42
Paul42

@Brosephus
I'll  have to go back and check, but I think td made himself scarce when Jay published those abysmal results.

Paul42
Paul42

@Infraredguy
You have nothing relevant to add but you just have to post, is that it?

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@td1234 @Paul42  Liberals have a major analytical problem, they can never understand why the world does not think in lockstep with them

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

@Paul42 @Surelyyoujest  Can you not tell that I don't care about polls?  They are all BS or did you not learn that last election season or during the recent "special" election?

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Paul42 

Nah, he attacked it the same way as he just did.  He also posted other stuff that showed the results of that poll sounded like right wing derp that we're accustomed to hearing.

Paul42
Paul42

@Infraredguy
Now you've joined td in accusing Fox News of being 'Liberals."

You guys really have no clue how silly you sound.

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 @td1234 Fox does not do their own polls. 


I am saying the evidence of the past election cycle shows that the methodology of all the news polls is off, leaning heavily Dems, and does not account for the reality on the actual ground. 


Remember, Ossoff by 7 in the polling data just two weeks before the runoff? All the news polls had Hillary up between 4 and 8 just two weeks before the election. 

Paul42
Paul42

@Surelyyoujest
BS?  They had Hillary receiving a few million more votes than Donald.

I can see why that makes you not like polls.

Paul42
Paul42

@Brosephus
Thanks.

Now we've seen the progression of "Fox News is liberal."

Never thought he'd go that far off the rails so quickly.

Paul42
Paul42

@Infraredguy
Polls said Hillary was leading in the popular vote.

Election day, Hillary got millions more votes than did Donald.

Truth.

Paul42
Paul42

@Surelyyoujest

Another con who does not understand poll results.

Tell us, Surely, which polls are you referring to that showed an Electoral College victory for Hillary?

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234
Fox does not do their  own polls.

So Fox selects contractors who intentionally make Liberals look good.

Thanks for clearing that up, td.

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 @td1234 Trump 42% with likely voters. It was 45% last week.  


Probably close or within the margin of error. 


When you look at the cross tabs of the Fox poll then you see that Trump has 89% approval rating with Republican voters. That is about the same number he had on election day and he won. Registered Dems do not make up 49% of the electorate like the poll claims and independents do not make up 18% of the electorate. 


If this was the case then Republicans would not have 33 governors, control the overwhelming majority of state houses, the US House and the US Senate. 

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 @Brosephus I think I was the first person to challenge Mr. Bookman yesterday when he posted the results and he did not come back with any comments on the actual data.

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234
When did Pres Obama's approval rating sink to 42%, td?

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 @td1234 Per Gallop, about the same time as Obamacare was being discussed in Congress but lets not let those facts get in the way.

Paul42
Paul42

@Surelyyoujest
Then you really should post something of value that would be usable in a university political science class.

I don't think even td thinks his arguments would earn him a passing grade.

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234
Point is, td and Surely, polls, across the spectrum, show a consistent downward trend for Donald support and a consistent upward trend for Donald disapproval.

Chew on that for a while.

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 @td1234 And as soon as Tax Reform passes then you will see Trumps numbers go up, up, up. 


Mark my words.